Program Overview

The City of Bristol collects recycling for Bristol residential properties that qualify for curbside rubbish collection. Recycling is collected curbside every other week on the day after your rubbish collection (Friday rubbish collection has Monday recycle collection). Please place your recycle container at the curb by 6:00 am on your recycling collection day.

Sign up for reminders and get lots of great recycling information with the RecycleCoach app! Try out the desktop version here.

What can I recycle?

View the recyclable items information guide. For additional help, visit our How Do I Dispose of... page, where you can search for disposal information for a specific item.


To find out what your scheduled recycle collection day is, please look up your address here. Find your street and note the route shown in the Recycle Route (yellow) column. Each day of the week has two routes, A Route, and B Route for alternating weeks. You may also contact Public Works at (860) 584-6125. 

View or print your 2019 recycle calendar here.

To be notified via email of service schedule changes, please join our "Notify Me" mailing list.


Recycling will be collected on your scheduled recycling day unless a public holiday falls on or before your collection day. In this situation, your recycling and rubbish collection day will be one day after your normal recycle day. The city observes the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


The entire city is now on single stream recycling with blue recycle barrels. This means that you can put all recyclable materials together in the same barrel. There is no need to separate papers from cans and bottles or other materials. 

Need another recycle barrel?

Contact Public Works and request an additional recycle barrel. We will audit to make sure all recycling is appropriate, and deliver an extra barrel at no charge if needed. Request an extra recycle barrel online.

Clothing/Textile Recycling

Learn how to recycle clothing/textiles through the Simple Recycling program here